If you’ve ever gone to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, you know how great it can be to experience a less-crowded park full of extras like special meet and greets and shows. Disney’s newest option for guests plays off this idea, but with a twist: While there are no additional shows or experiences, you will get breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus and have access to three favorite attractions in Fantasyland: Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and of course the real draw, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, all for $69 per adult and $59 for children ages 3 to 9, roughly the same price as one of the parties. Is it worth it? I think it depends on your perspective–and wallet.
Beginning on April 26 and running through select days in late April and May, a limited number of guests (no one knows how many, but one imagines it’s much lower than what is admitted into the Halloween and Christmas parties) will line up at 7:30 and be ushered into Fantasyland at 7:45. There, they can eat or ride attractions, but keep in mind, regular guests will be admitted into the park at 9:00, so they’re much better off riding attractions until then and then heading over to breakfast. Breakfast will be served until 10:00. No one knows if guests will be given a wristband which will act like a Fastpass for these attractions once other guests are in the parks, but that makes the most sense given that most people will want to maximize their ride time rather than stand in line for breakfast. Personally, I would be getting in line for my Mickey waffles at 9:55 and hoping they don’t close down the kitchen at 10:00!
So, will guests pay for it? Let me tell you a little story. A few years ago, Disney announced that they would be dedicating a floor in the Contemporary Resort to “wellness” rooms. These rooms would have special allergy-free pillows, organic cotton towels and sheets, access to special workouts, and healthy, organic menus. It was basically going to be a spa experience at Disney World and it was a great idea. Probably. Except at some point in the planning process, well after Disney garnered media attention for such a revolutionary idea, Disney decided it wasn’t such a great idea after all and they quietly put it aside. My point is, Disney is a smart company. They try new things all the time and they’re not afraid to (quietly) admit they were wrong and move forward. Disney’s research likely indicates that there’s a market for this type of thing, but if if fails, well you can see they’ve already left themselves an out: there’s no more Morning Magic scheduled after May at this time.
I think this is probably a great idea for guests who can afford it and who want to maximize their time in the park, although one might argue how many times it’s possible to actually ride Winnie the Pooh without committing a violent felony. This isn’t something that’s directed toward those guests who visit every year and it’s certainly not directed toward passholders. This is for the guest who takes the kids once or twice during their childhood and wants to get the most out of the park, the guest with “deep” pockets who wants to add something extra to their trip and who likes the idea of the perceived “exclusivity” that comes with an experience like this. For everyone else? It’s probably not worth the cost. What are your thoughts?
Just an FYI: Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, turkey and pork sausage, potatoes, pastries, cured meats and Mickey waffles. You’ll need a regular park admission to partake of this experience.